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Late approach for Chelsea midfielder revealed

Valencia made a late inquiry regarding Juan Mata

By | 5th September 2013
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Reports out of Spain have revealed that La Liga club Valencia made a late approach for Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata, according to ESPN. The Spanish international saw his future questioned in the media all summer, despite reassurances from both the player and returning Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho that Mata would be staying at Stamford Bridge this season.

According to the reports, Mata’s former club, Valencia, contacted Juan Mata’s father, who serves as his agent. Mata senior had previously been spotted in Arsenal’s director’s box during the Gunners’ Champions League fixture against Fenerbahce, prompting Chelsea to once again refute claims that the player was for sale. On deadline day, however, Valencia president Amadeo Salvo reportedly phoned Mata senior to ask about his son’s availability.

When the club received word that the influential midfielder was not available they ended their approach, giving Chelsea fans more faith that the player has a role to play under Mourinho this season.

Mata has made just one appearance for the Blues this season, playing 64 minutes against Aston Villa in the club’s second Premier League match of the season. He was named as an unused substitute against Manchester United at Old Trafford a fortnight ago, but with the transfer window now closed he can focus on his future with Chelsea.

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